Statement on retirement of Brendan Murphy AC
13 April 2023
ATTRIBUTABLE TO PSA NATIONAL PRESIDENT DR FEI SIM
I am saddened to hear of Professor Brendan Murphy’s decision to step down as Secretary of the Department of Health in July.
Professor Murphy has led our health care system through the most turbulent time in recent history.
During his tenure as Secretary of the Department of Health, he not only navigated a global pandemic, but also led reforms in aged care, primary care and healthcare workforce.
Under Professor Murphy’s leadership, the Federal Government made the largest investment in pharmacy outside of the Community Pharmacy Agreement, announcing $345.7 million to embed pharmacists in Residential Aged Care Facilities to improve medicine safety for our oldest Australians.
On behalf of pharmacists across Australia, I thank Professor Murphy for his leadership and his support of our profession.
I wish him well in his retirement, and look forward to working closely with the incoming Secretary to continue healthcare reforms and create a worldclass health system that works for all Australians.